Alternative nematode control on bananas and subtropical crops

Four nematicides are registered on bananas. They are class one pesticides with LD 50 values ranging from 0,5 to 19 mg/kg body mass. These products are extremely toxic with a long residual period and are very expensive. Public concern regarding endangered species, farm worker safety and water pollution are increasingly restricting the use of pesticides. More producers are beginning to use non-pesticide control measures to be able to compete in the organic foods market. Therefore, it is important to find a nematode control method with the least hazardous effects on the environment. The main benefit of these products is their ability to reduce problems such as advanced microbial degradation and nematode resistance to chemical pesticides. It is also safe to handle and prevents unnecessary pollution of the environment.

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